Coal saves jobs
As the president visits U.S. Steel’s Irvin plant today, he will continue to stress his administration’s plans for sustaining the economic recovery and improving the livelihoods of those hit hardest by the recession. And what better place to start than an important Pennsylvania employer that depends on coal for both making steel and supplying affordable electricity. In fact, the state’s manufacturing industry, which supports the jobs of 564,700 Pennsylvanians, depends on reliable coal-powered electricity to keep the lights on.
But the administration is putting economic recovery at risk by promoting greenhouse gas rules that effectively ban new coal-based capacity by requiring future coal power plants to use unproven technology. These regulations are a risky gamble with our recovery because it will dangerously weaken the reliability of base load power that provides American households and manufacturers with secure, affordable electricity.
Removing coal from the energy equation will lead to higher prices, which will be passed along to American families and businesses. This will put our nation at a competitive disadvantage at a time when we should be supporting domestic manufacturing revival.
In order to stay true to his message, the president and the Environmental Protection Agency should work toward realistic standards based upon proven, state-of-the-art technology to keep coal in the energy mix. Coal can continue to help families save money for other needs and help American business stay in business, but not unless the administration and EPA pursue a truly “all-of-the-above” approach.
President & CEO
National Mining Association